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Grantsville man sentenced in drug distribution case

October 4th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports a Grantsville man was sentenced to a 10-year prison term after he was convicted of drug distribution recently in Garrett County Circuit Court, according to State's Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch.

Zachary Alexander Merrill, 25, pleaded guilty to a charge of distribution of methamphetamine and to a charge of distribution of fake controlled dangerous substance. In both cases, related charges were dismissed.

For each case, Judge Ray Strubin sentenced Merrill to five years in the Division of Correction, to run consecutively for a total of 10 years. Half of the sentence was suspended. He will be on probation after serving the remaining five years.

In the first case, Merrill sold methamphetamine to an undercover police officer in May along Avilton-Lonaconing Road. In the second case, Merrill met the undercover officer in a business parking lot in June and sold a substance that he represented to be methamphetamine, but it was not a controlled dangerous substance.

In another case,  Ashley Ann Gregg, 31, Oakland, pleaded guilty in the circuit court to distribution of methamphetamine. Related charges were dismissed upon her plea.



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